On the 25th anniversary of a violent assault in south-end Halifax, the mother of the victim is speaking out, hoping someone can help solve the crime.
Lesley Anne Levy was discovered lying on the ground just outside an entrance to Point Pleasant Park on the morning of Aug. 15, 1989. Her throat had been slit and she was partially clothed.
She was 24 years old.
"It was touch and go whether she was going to live, but she did for six months," her mother, Sandra Anderson, said this week.
"I always say that day that it happened, that was the day she died. But she did die six months after that."
Levy had been seen the evening before at the Misty Moon Cabaret in downtown Halifax. She was with a man. They were spotted later in the evening on a bench inside Point Pleasant Park. They were questioned by police sometime after midnight.
Levy was found the next morning by a couple out for an early-morning walk.
"For a mother to see after it first happened and the fear in that girl's eyes," Anderson said. "It comes back to me quite often."
Anderson said her daughter never talked about the attack — not with her family or police.
"When this first happened the police had a doctor, a psychiatrist come in and they tried hypnosis on her," Anderson said. "But at the time she was so fearful it just didn't work. They decided not to try it anymore."
Levy died of a drug overdose six months after the attack.
Her mother says her memories remain vivid.
"The memories come up every time there is a girl missing or a girl's been assaulted. Comes up every time."
Levy worked at the Kings Palace restaurant on Quinpool Road in Halifax. The restaurant is right across the street from a Canadian Tire store where Kimberly McAndrew worked.
McAndrew disappeared two days before Levy was attacked in the park. She was 19 years old.
Anderson said investigators told her years ago that the same man was a suspect in both cases.
"They had the person the night, the day after they found Lesley and they had him down at the station," Anderson said. “And apparently [they] did have a warrant and they went to his home. But he lawyered up and that was the end of that."
Solving the case
McAndrew's disappearance and the assault on Levy remain unsolved.
Anderson is hoping that by telling her daughter's story again now, 25 years later, someone might remember something.
"I'm hoping that somebody will come forward from Lesley's past," she said.
"But there's not a day, hardly a day that goes by that I don't think of my daughter. And there's no closure," she said. "And there never will be any closure.